Pros react after Corey Anderson TKO’s Ryan Bader at Bellator 268

By Chris Taylor - October 16, 2021

Tonight’s Bellator 268 event was co-headlined by a light heavyweight grand prix semifinal bout which pits Corey Anderson up against Ryan Bader.

Ryan Bader, Corey Anderson, Bellator 268

Bader (28-7 MMA) had advanced to the tournament semifinals by earning a lopsided unanimous decision victory over Lyoto Machida. Prior to that win, ‘Darth‘ was coming off a TKO loss to Vadim Nemkov, where he surrendered the promotions 205lbs title.

Meanwhile, Corey Anderson (16-5 MMA) had gone 2-0 since joining the Bellator ranks in the fall of 2020. ‘Overtime’ earned his spot in tonight’s semifinal matchup by defeating Dovletdzhan Yagshimuradov earlier this Spring.

Bellator 268, Nemkov vs Anglickas, Anderson vs Bader

Bellator 268: Nemkov vs Anglickas and Anderson vs Bader

Tonight’s Bellator 268 co-main event did not last long. Corey Anderson was able to connect with a right hand in the early seconds of the fight that sent Ryan Bader crashing down to the canvas. From there, ‘Overtime’ began to unload ground and pound which forced the referee to mercifully step in and call a stop to the action.

Official Bellator 268 Result: Corey Anderson def. Ryan Bader at 0:51 of Round 1

Check out how the pros reacted to Anderson vs. Bader below:

Post-fight reactions to Corey Anderson defeating Ryan Bader below:

Following tonight’s sensational win, Corey Anderson will now face the winner of the Vadim Nemkov vs. Julius Anglickas semifinal match in the tournament finale.


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